Hiking Canada Novice
Replies: 11 - Last Post: Jan 22, 2013 7:44 PM Last Post By: ReptilianKitten...
Jan 14, 2013 1:28 PM
Hiking Canada NoviceHi – I am travelling to the northern US in June and have 3-4 weeks in which I would like to do some hiking. I am a moderately experienced and fit hiker, who has never hiked in the Canada before. I know it may be early in the season, but looking perhaps at some overnight hiking that could be accessed by public transport- what would people recommend?
Many thanks in advance!!
Jan 14, 2013 5:25 PM
1What is considered "northern US" and where in Canada would this be near?
Specifying that you want to hike in the the second largest country in the world is a bit too vague...
The accessible by public transport criteria rules out most of western Canada.
Jan 14, 2013 5:40 PM
Jan 14, 2013 8:45 PM
3"The accessible by public transport criteria rules out most of western Canada."
Yes apart from the West Coast Trail, the Juan de Fuca Trail and a few around Vancouver you'll be hitchhiking to/from trailheads.
Jan 16, 2013 12:42 AM
4Many thanks indeed to everyone for their responses. They were very helpful to someone like myself who was not sure where to start. I am sorry I did not provide much detail. I enter the US via Minnesota and I am looking for multi-day, overnight hikes.
Thank you again for the above and for further information provided!
Jan 16, 2013 8:12 AM
5West Coast Trail or Juan de Fuca Trail are your best bets...though they are a long, long, long way from Minnesota.
Jan 17, 2013 12:15 AM
This is not true at all for the Rockies. There are many companies which provide taxi or shuttle service to or from trailheads similar to the ones you list for the WCT. Just because you aren't aware of them doesn't mean they don't exist.
One of these is Mountain Park Transportation Inc. http://www.mptrans.ca/.
Jan 17, 2013 3:27 AM
Jan 21, 2013 8:25 PM
8I met a woman who got dropped off at the Mount Robson visitor center in the middle of the night. I suppose you can get picked up as well. You'd have to walk an extra ~2km to the The Berg Lake trailhead. I suggest at least 3 days to get to Berg Lake and have time to enjoy it, or 4-5 days to make it to Snowbird pass and/or Mumm Basin. It's a popular trail so you might want to reserve campsites.
Some pics: http://www.borealphoto.com/p983457402#h4420060e
Jan 21, 2013 11:14 PM
Jan 22, 2013 10:46 AM
Jan 22, 2013 7:44 PM
11If the OP is headed to the Rockies (I'm still vague on where he is headed) there is a shuttle that runs between the hostals there (or there was when I was there some years ago) called the Pika shuttle. As most of these hostals are in the backwoods by the trailhead of many great hikes this may be a good bet. Check the websites of the Banff/Lake Louise/Jasper hostals. I'd recommend the Yoho and Edith Cavell hostals.
(3 star Hotel)
From US$189.18 per night
(4 star Hotel)
From US$949.71 per night
(4 star Hotel)
From US$160.66 per night